Indian batsmen need to click in England: Pietersen
New Delhi: Former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen believes that if India want to do well in their tour of England from June to September, their batsmen need to click and score runs unlike on the previous tour.
India suffered a humiliating 0-4 defeat in the 2011 Test series in England, where apart from the legendary Rahul Dravid, none of the Indian batsmen could really hold up the mantle for their side. This was followed by India`s 1-2 loss at home against a visiting England team in 2012-13.
"It is going to be a fantastic Test series. The last time the problem was that only Rahul got the runs. But India`s batting is good and very talented. They can score runs but if they don`t, it won`t work for India," Pietersen, who was sacked from the England team in February, told media persons here Sunday.
India will be playing five Test matches from July 9 to Aug 19, which will be followed by five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20 International.
"I love watching the Indian batsmen. They are very entertaining. India have got Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay who have got really good technique to prevail in the English conditions," added the 33-year-old.
The right-handed star batsman also added that the home team will definitely miss retired off-spinner Graeme Swann.
"I don`t know who will be the favorite but England are definitely going to miss Graeme Swann. He had the ability to take many wickets in the first innings and could smash through the batting order in the second," said Pietersen, who is the captain of the Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Swann shocked the cricketing world in December when he announced his retirement mid-series during the Ashes in Australia which England lost 0-5.
About the 2015 ICC World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand, Pietersen said all teams will have a good chance at the mega event.
"All visiting teams, including the hosts, have a good chance to win the World Cup next year. The batting wickets are just fantastic in Australia. They will need to make the most of the conditions," Pietersen said
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Street food in Delhi contains high levels of faecal matter
- Watch: ISIS prisoner digging his own grave
- 50 percent refund on Tatkal ticket cancellation
- UP: Govt to distribute free sanitary napkins to all girls in school
- Delhi HC turns down plea challenging LG Jung's authority
- DNA: Pentagon report says Beijing accelerates land reclamation in South China Sea
- IIT Madras bans Dalit students forum for 'criticising' PM Modi
- DNA: Blow to Kejriwal, Delhi High Court backs LG
- Radioactive nuclear medicine leak detected at Delhi's IGI Airport
- DNA: Exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar
- DNA: World soccer rocked by Swiss arrests of FIFA officials for graft
- IIT Madras row: Smriti Irani hits back, challenges Rahul Gandhi to a debate
- MHA notification: SC issues notice to Delhi govt
- Special: The UP village where religion does not preach hatred
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 29, 2015
- Delhi HC backs LG, turns down plea challenging Jung's authority
- WB Class 12 (HS) Result 2015 declared on wbresults.nic.in, wbchse.nic.in
- No radioactive leak at IGI airport, say AERB and Delhi govt
- Log on to wbresults.nic.in, wbchse.nic.in for WB Class 12 (HS) Result 2015 WBCHSE
- WBCHSE (wbchse.nic.in & wbresults.nic.in): West Bengal Class 12th Result 2015 to be announced shortly
- Twitter war over IIT Madras row: Smriti Irani challenges Rahul Gandhi to debate over any issue, anywhere
- Bihar board 12th Arts result to be declared today soon
- BSEB (biharboard.ac.in & biharboard.bih.nic.in): Bihar board 12th Arts result to be declared tomorrow on May 30
- Dangerous levels of toxins in Delhi's air as heat and dust intensify
- US formally removes Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move
- Top 5 places to eat in Delhi University's campuses
- WBCHSE (wbchse.nic.in & wbresults.nic.in): West Bengal Class 12th Result to be announced today at 10:30 AM
- Maggi noodles controversy: Case to be filed against Nestle in UP today
- Log on to ahsec.nic.in: AHSEC 12th Result 2015 to be announced today at 10 am
- Arrival of Monsoon over Kerala delayed by 2-3 days: Met Department